Posted on: April 17th, 2018 by Reg Jackson
1867 9 Nov. ‘Walter Cleeve was charged with stealing three baskets of ware, value £1.2s.6d, the property of Messrs Pountney and Co., of the Bristol Pottery, and he was also further charged with forging the name of William Richards to a receipt.  It appeared from the evidence that the prisoner had been in the employ of the complainants as a porter for about a month, and it was his duty to take out small quantities of goods to the customers of the firm.  On these occasions he was furnished with an invoice which was receipted by the cashier, William Richards.  On Tuesday, the 29 October, the prisoner went to the shop of Mrs Keen, in Bullpaunch Lane, and asked if she wanted any ware, and he was told that he might bring some seconds ware.  On the following day he brought to the shop a load of ware, and gave a bill of £1.2s.6d [which was paid by Mrs Keen] … He never accounted for the money … The prisoner was remanded for further examination’. He was later discharged as there were legal difficulties in obtaining a conviction (Bristol Mercury, Western Daily Press).

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